The count-down to this year’s Bridport Jurassic Coast Run 2018 has started – and some of last year’s winners have entered to defend their titles, as well. Almost 160 runners have bought their running place online so far for the two multi-terrain 10k and half-marathon races which will take place on Sunday, 12th of August, at West Bay. Among them is Ruth Barnes, who won the half-marathon race in 2017. Also, Rosemarie Osborn who was the fastest female veteran runner on the 10k course and Chris Owens, fastest male veteran runner respectively, have signed in for the races once more.
The races will start from the promenade at West Bay and will lead runners along the Coast path up to Thorncombe Beacon, the second highest hill on the South Coast. Races are open for runners of all abilities from the age of 16 (10k) or 17 years (half-marathon). Registration for both races is open online until 10 August through Full On Sport, but registration on the day is also possible. Both the 10k and the half-marathon will be chip-timed races.
The joint organisers of the Bridport Jurassic Coast Run, local community groups Bridport Runners and Brit Valley Rotary Club, have taken precautions for a potentially very hot race day and have added another drink station on route. All runners, especially on the half-marathon course, are advised to be equipped for the weather and take water or electrolytes with them. This is especially necessary, as the running event has been certified as a fell race (Grade B) under the rules of the Fell Runners Association (license number 2018-5942) – one of the toughest forms of cross country running. Fell running is hill or mountain running where the gradient climbed and distance covered are significant components of the difficulty.
The Bridport Jurassic Coast Run is sponsored by three local companies this year – Rachel’s seafood kiosk, Patrick Tuck Building & Plumbing and Townsend Powder Coating. All three firms are companies from Bridport and West Bay and supporters of local sports.